WWE Superstar Kane Wins Knox County GOP Mayoral Bid, Pending Provisional Ballots

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22:  WWE Wrestler Kane attends the 'Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery' New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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WWE star Kane, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, won the Republican nomination for the Knox County mayoral race in Tennessee, WATE 6 in Knoxville reported.

According to WATE, Jacobs collected 14,633 votes, narrowly edging out Brad Anders, who had 14,616 votes. The results won't become official until all of the provisional ballots are counted.

Jacobs declared himself the winner on Twitter:

Glenn Jacobs @GlennJacobsTN

Glenn, along with his family, volunteers and supporters declare victory in a hard-fought Knox County Mayoral race this evening. Together we won! Tomorrow, we move forward.

Glenn Jacobs @GlennJacobsTN

Thanks to everyone who helped win this historic victory!! The people who cast a ballot for me, my great team, my wonderful volunteers. Looking forward to VICTORY in the general election!

He will face off with Linda Haney, who won the Democratic primary after defeating Rhonda Gallman and Rebecca Deloa. The final mayoral election will be held Aug. 2.

Jacobs first announced his candidacy in April 2017:

Should he successfully attain elected office, he'd be following in the footsteps of former WWE wrestler and announcer Jesse Ventura, though Jacobs would still have some ways to go to match Ventura's achievements on the campaign trail.

Ventura was mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, from 1991 to 1995 and became governor of Minnesota in 1999. He chose not to seek re-election after serving a four-year term.

Another former WWE star is seeking the position of mayor in Houston, as Booker T announced in December 2016 he plans to run in the city's 2019 election cycle.

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